Report: Eagles Interested In Plaxico Burress; Giants, Jets All But Ruled Out
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jailed ex-Giants receiver Plaxico Burress is scheduled to be released from Oneida Correctional Facility on June 6 — two weeks from today.
According to a weekend report from The New York Daily News’ Gary Myers, Burress could make a run straight for Philadelphia.
“I’ve heard that the Eagles will eventually be first in line,” wrote Myers, “but there’s also speculation the Steelers, Chargers, Falcons and Ravens could also be interested.”
It appears — on the surface — to be a good fit. Andy Reid’s Eagles took in rehabilitated quarterback Michael Vick, and so far it’s been a rousing success in the City of Brotherly Love.
“I just want to reach out to him and talk to (Burress),” Vick said in April. “We have a very close relationship, we’re from the same area and hopefully we can make that happen in the near future.”
Myers all but ruled out a return to the Giants. As for the Jets? They’re out, too.
“It’s never made sense for the Giants to bring back Burress,” wrote Myers. “Too much history. They are pretty deep at receiver anyway. I’ve been hearing Burress wants a change of venue and doesn’t want to play in New York, which would also rule out the Jets.”
“I love the Giants,” Burress’ wife, Tiffany, told the New York Post earlier this month. “I just want to see him happy. Wherever he wants to go, I’ll just support that 100 percent.”
Burress, 33, caught the winning touchdown for the Giants over the New England Patriots in the final minute of the 2008 Super Bowl. But his fortunes turned in November of that year, when he went to a Manhattan nightclub with a gun tucked in the waistband of his track pants; he later said he had been concerned for his safety because a teammate had been held up at gunpoint days before.
Burress’ weapon slipped down his leg and fired, injuring him in the thigh. The bullet narrowly missed a security guard, prosecutors said.
The gun wasn’t licensed in New York or New Jersey, where Burress lived, and his Florida concealed-weapons permit had expired. He also failed to report the incident to authorities.
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